If you’re planning a stay in Edinburgh, there are dozens of amazing attractions to take in. There’s too much to see, no matter how long you’re planning to stay for. However, there are a few that you just cannot miss. If you spend some time in Edinburgh, here are a few sights you can’t afford to skip.
Edinburgh Castle is the city’s centrepiece
This imposing 12th century edifice has the dubious honour of being the most besieged castle in Great Britain. It has suffered 26 sieges in more than a thousand years, and Edinburgh Castle has a wealth of stories to tell. Visitors get fantastic views across the city, as well as access to one of Scotland’s most beautiful and historic buildings. Time your visit to see the firing of the “One O Clock Gun”, a tradition stretching back to 1861. The castle is open all day, all year round, except for the Christmas holidays.
Edinburgh Gin tours offer an intoxicating treat
One of the top tourist attractions in recent years, tours of the Edinburgh Gin distillery feature an eye-opening trip into the history of gin. You’ll learn how gin is made, where it came from, and get a sneak peek at Edinburgh Gin’s infusion process. More importantly, perhaps, you’ll also have a thorough tasting session of several gins, mixed with various tonic waters. Get acquainted with the tipple that suits you best, then head to the gift shop to make a selection. Be sure to book well in advance, because these tours are extremely sought-after.
Holyrood Palace, a beautiful and haunting place
You might not be planning on visiting the seat of Scottish power for centuries, but we strongly recommend it. Holyrood is where Queen Mary lived during the 1560s, and she hunted deer in the park with a bow and arrow. Today, you can visit the rooms where she spent several unhappy years before she fled to Edinburgh Castle and gave birth to her son. Holyrood also boasts a stunning art gallery, as well as magnificent grounds that incorporate the ancient Holyrood Abbey. Nearby sights include the 251m-high Arthur’s Seat as well as the modern Scottish Parliament.
Plan ahead to make sure you visit these fantastic sights
There’s an awful lot to take in when you visit Edinburgh. When you’re walking the Royal Mile or planning your ghost tour, don’t forget to leave time for these top sights. No visit to Edinburgh can be truly complete without seeing them. Of course, that’s just another good reason to come back!